Sheffield United stunned Premier League opposition in the shape of Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round and plenty of punters think lightning can strike twice as the Blades face another top flight side in round four.
The Blades are 7/4 at Stan James to get the better of Fulham, bet365’s 9/5 chances and it’s 5/2 courtesy of BetVictor for the tie to require a replay, a price that is certain to attract cash given that there is little between the two teams in the betting.
Similarly, bet365’s 10/3 marked against a score draw could be popular, along with Ladbrokes’s 13/2 about a 1-1 scoreline and Stan James chalk Nigel Clough’s troops up at 10/11 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
The Cottagers’ main priority however, is Premier League survival and on that basis, boss Rene Meulensteen is bound to shuffle his pack. United will fancy their chances of capitalising, as they did against Villa, and a repeat of their 2-1 triumph in that one is 19/2 at BetVictor.
Skybet rate the Blades at 10/3 to nick it by a one-goal margin, it’s also 10/3, this time with Winner.com for Clough’s charges to again lead at the end of each half and it’s 1/2 (Stan James) for Sheffield United to avoid defeat at Bramall Lane.
Having swerved a banana skin by beating non-league Macclesfield at the second attempt, Sheffield Wednesday are looking to avoid an upset again as they head to League Two Rochdale. Bet365 quote the Owls at 13/10 to defeat a ‘Dale side that accounted for Leeds in the last round while it’s 5/2 via BetVictor for the Spotland scrap to finish all square and 6/1 (William Hill) to be 1-1. Travelling supporters however, will expect their team to progress at the first attempt this time and BetVictor post 17/2 against Wednesday running out 2-1 winners.
Also of interest to Owls fans will be Paddy Power’s 11/4 about an away victory by one and Stan James consider Wednesday to be 19/4 to come out on top despite going in on level terms at the interval.
Away from the FA Cup and Doncaster will ahead of the game at managerless Blackpool. Nevertheless, Rovers are BetVictor’s 31/10 outsiders to land three crucial points, Ladbrokes’s 21/20 favourites and Skybet rate a stalemate at 5/2.
In League One, Rotherham are 21/20 courtesy of Paddy Power to boost their play-off hopes by overcoming boss Steve Evans’s former club Crawley at the New York Stadium and finally, Chesterfield are 19/20 with betway to put a shaky week behind them by grabbing a maximum haul at League Two’s bottom club Northampton.
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